In my series Feet Follow Heart, I want to explore the significance our feet and the power they have to guide us toward our wildest dreams.
Has anyone ever thought about how important our feet are? For those of us who are lucky enough to be blessed with healthy and functioning lower limbs and feet, I think it’s time we appreciate just how fantastic they are. One of the most pivotal moments for a human being’s life is the day he or she learns to walk! From that day forward, our feet carry us to our first day of school, our first date, our first and last day of university, our first job…you get the idea.
For travelers, our feet are vital to our adventures. Our feet take us where our hearts want to go. Our feet take us anywhere from mountain tops and ocean cliffs to airports and local taxis. Our feet ground us when we need to settle and move us when it’s time to get up and go.
I asked several bloggers to share their favorite photos from their travels in which their feet followed their hearts. I loved reading all of these memories as well as discovering the variety of places these awesome people visited. Read along for Part 1 of the series Feet Follow Heart:
1. Pavlof Harbour, Alaska
Sarah of paper, ink and passports snapped this photo during a kayaking excursion with the small expedition cruise ship she used to work for.
“This was one of my last trips with the ship. I had the afternoon off and the weather was gorgeous, so I didn’t bother with waterproof shoes, I just wore what was comfy. We paddled up to the waterfall at low tide and beached up… and proceeded to chill out there in the sun.”
Sarah has since left her job with the cruise ship and is now living and working in New Zealand! To follow along with her adventures, be sure to check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
2. Maui, Hawaii
Tryphena of #wedontsitoncouches snapped this picture when she and her travel companion decided to take a chance on a dirt path road.
“This picture was taken in Maui while driving the Hana Highway with my favorite travel buddy. We spotted a tiny, unmarked road that led away from the two lane, winding highway and decided to be a bit adventures and take the tiny road. It was a slight downhill drive, bumpy and full of trees but when we saw what it led to…boy oh boy!
A beautiful, black sand and pebble beach. A few other drivers had chosen to take the unmarked road so there were a few cars parked. We got out, grabbed towels, and frolicked in the black sand and cool water, admiring the cliffs and crashing waves all around us. This experience brings back such great memories of an awesome road trip in one of the most beautiful places in the world. At that time, Pharrell’s “Happy” was in heavy rotation on the radio and in our car. That’s the way this memory makes me feel. HAPPY!”
3. Old Man Storr on Isle of Skye, Scotland
Lauren of Postgrad and Postcards captured this stunning images in a moment of self-discovery.
“Seeing this photo reminds me not only of one of the most fun trips I ever had – a backpacker’s tour through the Scottish Highlands – but also about the importance of pushing yourself and perseverance. The hike to this spot overlooking Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was the most exhausting hike I’ve ever done. It was long, and hot, and steep. You can’t even see where I started in this photo because it was that far away.
Halfway through I almost stopped. I was tired and the view was still pretty spectacular from half way up. But, through a last surge of energy, I pushed forward and reached the peak. There’s no beating the feeling of pride when you reach the top of whatever mountain (real or metaphorical) you have been climbing. This photo reminds me to strive for that feeling. It’s always worth the effort.”
Be sure to check out Lauren’s beautiful Instagram feed! I promise you won’t regret it. If you’re interested in reading more about her adventures in Scotland, check out her post about the islands of Scotland or this one on the Scottish Highlands!
4. Breckenridge, Colorado
Jenna of My Restless Roaming Spirit snapped this photo after she and her husband completed a difficult mountain trek in America’s west.
“In this moment, my hubby and I are resting halfway up Quandary Peak, one of the 14er hikes in Colorado. A 14er is the nickname for a hike in which you reach over 14,000 feet elevation. Quandary Peak reaches 14,265 feet to be exact. Being from Saint Louis, at an elevation of approximately 465 feet, this climb was not an easy feat! The elevation makes it harder to breathe and we found ourselves getting tired more often than usual. But the views were more than rewarding as we huffed and puffed our way up the mountain!”
5. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Lottie of Princess in a Caravan decided she wanted to take this photo as a memento for her wonderful time spent in South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetlands park.
“This was taken on the beach in Saint Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal where I unexpectedly found myself living and working last year. The small town of 500 people is located in the middle of the iSimangaliso Wetlands park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was lucky enough to spend a year there during which time I explored the beaches and the nature reserve coming across leopards, elephants, giraffes and rhino to name a few!
Late at night hippos would come into my garden and drink from the swimming pool (making slightly less appealing to swim in!) The town is set between the ocean and an estuary making it a small island. This was taken on the main beach and it’s the indian ocean lapping my feet. The sand often got so hot after mid morning that it burned your feet and the water was sometimes too warm to properly cool them down! I spent many evenings on the beach with a coder in hand looking at the stars in crystal clear sky.”
6. Byon Bay, Australia
Agnese of I’ll Be Right Back captured this memory on her last trip of her journey throughout Australia.
“I lived a year in Australia, working for 9 months and then traveling for three. I traveled with 2 friends for the first month, we traveled and slept in the car. Then, I started traveling alone, going from one place to another by plane/train/bus, sleeping in backpackers and meeting lots of people along the way. But I also enjoyed lots of moments by myself, and I blessed those moments.
This pic was taken at the end of my journey (it was the second last day) and it somehow represents the freedom, the independence and the peace I found in myself while traveling. In that moment, I was feeling free, cheerful, curious, enthusiast, hopeful and carefree. This is the direction my feet were leading me!”
If you’re interested in hearing more about Agnese’s story, check out her Instagram!
7. Sapporo, Japan
Kaley of Communication is Difficult snapped this picture while driving through the luscious mountains of Japan.
“I took this photo driving back to Sapporo, Japan after taking a day trip out to the flower farms in Biei-Furano. My boots were covered in dirt and dust and I thought it looked really cool. The road to the small lavender growing village was through a bunch of winding mountains, so I thought it was the perfect time to snap a shot of my feet resting on the dash, with the beautiful country mountains of Japan in the background. It really captured the sense of peace I felt after a day of adventure with my friends, and how glad I was to not be standing!”
8. Eger, Hungary
Sadie, the lovely lady behind the Eclectic Trekker, snapped this picture in one of Eger’s popular attractions. Little did she know, the trek down would be more than what she bargained for, but a great experience nonetheless!
“This picture was taken at the top of the Minaret in Eger Hungary. My boyfriend and I had taken the bus from Budapest to explore Eger for the day. Unfortunately for us the weather was not in our favor, and it rained pretty much all day, but that didn’t stop us. We were able to see most of the town and had an amazing day while we were there.
One of the attractions in Eger is the Minaret. It’s a very tall and very thin free standing tower built by the Turkish army in the 1500s, and it sits just outside of the Eger Castle. I’m glad to say that I have made it all the way to the top of the Minaret, but I was terrified while we were doing it. I’m slightly claustrophobic, and the spiral staircase was barely wide enough for a single person. My shoulders were sliding along the center column and the outside wall the whole time. Because it was raining, the stone steps were slightly slippery and they were not very wide either. Once we got to the top, we found that the walkway around the Minaret wasn’t wide enough to stand sideways, so we had to slide around the tower with our backs pressed against the wall. It was a cool experience, but I was sweating by the time we got out!”
9. Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Anna of Travel with Penelope & Parker snapped this while she and her husband were participating in a popular annual yacht festival in the U.K.
“Our feet can take us all over, but sometimes once we are there we need to let nature take over. This shot was taken yacht racing in Cowes Week – what a gorgeous view out to see on a beautiful ‘champagne sailing’ day.
Being on the water is pretty much my favourite place – in touch with nature, surrounded by great friends and enjoying my favourite hobby (preferably in the sunshine).”
10. Georgetown, Washington, D.C
Pinay, also known as Pinay Flying High, took this photo to remember the first time she experienced the autumn season in her entire life.
“This photo was taken at Georgetown in Washington DC – it’s special to me not only because Georgetown is such a pretty and charming place but because it’s my very first time to experience the fall season. Having lived in the Philippines and then the Middle East all my life, I’ve only been exposed to two kinds of season – summer and rainy so I’ve never really thought much about the seasons I was going to experience when I spent 5 months in the U.S. last year.
That day as I walked around Georgetown, the colors of autumn mesmerized me. I realized that change is absolutely beautiful. Two weeks after I took that photo, I experienced my first snow.”
11. Dublin, Ireland
Nadia, the makeup artist and writer behind The Daily S’elf, captured the feeling she had when she was able to reconnect after returning home for a bit after some traveling.
“As a full time travel writer you often get the feeling that your feet don’t touch the ground and sometimes, as the saying goes, you need to stop and smell the roses. Getting out in your home town or city might be low on the to do list when you’re travelling the world and this little patch of daisies just made me smile and remember to appreciate the small stuff.”
12. Catalunya, Spain
Esther of Trip to Adventure, took this photo climbing a Via Ferrata, one of the most thrilling experiences a hiker can have.
“Feet can take me everywhere and when doing extreme activities, it becomes essential to take care where to put them! I love taking pictures of my feet around the world and during my adventure activities. Here I added a picture of the day we were performing the Via Ferrata [Italian for “iron path”] of Cala Molí in Catalunya. This is the unique Via Ferrata above the sea in this area and it is amazing. Walking above the sea is an incredible experience. The picture shows my point of view in that moments. Incredible, right?”
If you’d like more information about hiking on a Via Ferrata, check out Esther’s blog post here! If you’d like to follow along with this lovely Spanish blogger on social media, check out her Facebook page!
13. Zadar, Croatia
Australian duo Ron and Michele of Legging It captured this unique moment in an art installation and remember it as a time of reflection and gratitude.
“This photo was taken on the Salute The Sun installation in Zadar Croatia. It was taken just before we were to have Christmas for the second time away from our children. It reminds me that while we are on the other side of the world we still share the same sun and can remain connected to family and friends wherever we are in the world.”
14. Paris, France
Meagan is half of the duo behind A Friend Afar, the blog she shares with her best friend Stephanie. She snapped this picture on a family trip to Paris, and was reminded that the smallest details make all the difference.
“My husband and I took my mother all over France this year. On our first day in Paris, shortly after we checked into our hotel, we decided to climb the Eiffel Tower. We figured we needed the exercise, but it was so much harder than we expected. We spent some time of the first level getting glaces and enjoying the view and the glass floors before starting the stairs to the second floor. We were so busy looking out at Paris that we almost missed these cute photo ops painted on the floor.”
15. Istanbul, Turkey
Stephanie, the other half of A Friend Afar, also has a thing with floors. She took this photo after a shop keeper in Istanbul told her all the stories that are behind each of the handmade rugs he was selling.
“Istanbul is known for its bazaars and shopping. One specialty item is carpets, including kilims and soumaks. Although I was not in the market for a carpet on this particular trip, I still had a look when I was visiting various shops! The textiles are just so beautiful and worthy of admiration.
The shopkeeper at this shop graciously unrolled a few carpets for me to see and explained all the work that goes into weaving these by hand. It’s quite the art and each carpet tells the story of the woman who created it. Although I did not buy a carpet this time, I captured this photo as a keepsake. I also have this thing with floors!“
16. Whistler, B.C., Canada
Lauren of the Last Fiasco Run captured this lovely photo to remember the town that made her feel free, happy and welcomed.
“This photo was taken in Whistler, an amazing town in the Canadian mountains that I was lucky enough to live in for a while. I wanted to snowboard in another country and this is where my feet took me and where my heart made me stay. I arrived with no expectations and left with; amazing memories, friends from around the world, and a new outlook on life. It will forever be my ‘happy place’, one that I will never forget.”
17. Goa, India
Sonal of Drifter Planet looks at this photograph and remembers her first solo trip ever!
“This picture has a notable significance in my travel diary because it is a reminder of my first solo trip which was back in 2009. I was very young at that time so needless to say I was a little scared at first. I chose a destination that I was well acquainted with. I remember I felt as free as a bird as I stood on Goa’s beautiful Morjim beach. I’m not into clicking selfies but being alone, the only option was to click a picture of my feet as a memory of that day.”
18. El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Kimmie of Adventures and Sunsets took this photo in the middle of a zip-line experience in Puerto Rico.
“I stopped and looked down a few hundred feet below my bright pink shoes, down into the deep green El Yunque rainforest. This moment made me thankful for being strapped in! On this day we trekked across rickety rope bridges between long zip lines, hiked through the jungle, and repelled down a few hundred feet too – luckily heights give me my favorite kind of adrenaline rush, rather than fear!”
As it turns out, Kimmie is actually a huge fan of taking photos of her feet as well. To see where Kimmie’s feet have taken her, be sure to check out her photo essay The Travels of My Feet. She has awesome photos as well, so follow along with her travlels on Instagram, too!
19. Hanoi, Vietnam
“I took this photo in the National Museum of Vietnamese History on my first trip to South East Asia. Having dreamt about always traveling to SE Asia, I was still in a bit of shock that I was actually there. I snapped this photo to remind myself of where I was but to also capture the feelings that I had at the time. I took it with the hopes of returning, which is something that I’m going to be doing within the next few months.”
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